Covid test ‘no-shows’ straining system

Tara Jeffrey Local health officials are urging residents requiring a COVID-19 test to cancel appointments they’re not able to attend, noting that 10% of testing slots are “no shows.” “People are booking appointments and then not showing up for their appointments,” said Laurie Zimmer, VP of operations at Bluewater Health. “If you can’t make your… Read more »

UPDATED: ‘We believe a wave is coming’: hospital relaunches COVID-19 unit

Tara Jeffrey The Covid-19 Unit is returning to Bluewater Health. “We are close to our internal ‘trigger’ for opening that unit,” hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman told The Journal Tuesday, pointing to six covid-positive patients and an Intensive Care Unit that’s currently 100% full. “We believe a wave is coming,” she added. “We must prepare.” Oosterman… Read more »

Sarnia-Lambton won’t get vaccine for “weeks,” MPP says

Journal Staff MPP Bob Bailey confirmed today it will be “weeks” before Sarnia-Lambton residents can begin receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Bailey released a statement one day after Lambton Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sudit Ranade said Monday it might be late January or early February before local residents can start getting shots. Ranade said residents… Read more »

Lambton Elderly Outreach announces new CEO

Journal Staff Lambton Elderly Outreach has a new chief executive officer. Paula Reaume-Zimmer is currently vice-president of mental health and addiction services at Bluewater Health and the local Canadian Mental Health Association. She will continue in that role as she transitions into the new job as CEO at LEO. The move is part of the… Read more »

Local environmental group offering online speaker series

Journal Staff A local environmental group is launching a new online speaker series. The citizen group Climate Action Sarnia-Lambton said today the monthly talks will support community building and share knowledge while raising awareness about environmental issues. The events will be conducted via Zoom and include an online Q&A. The series begins Jan. 27 at… Read more »

OPP investigating murder of 51-year-old Corunna woman

Journal Staff A 51-year-old man has been charged in connections with the death of a Corunna woman. Lambton OPP said officers responded to Riverside Drive in the early hours of New Year’s Eve. Cheryl VanHuizen, 51, of Corunna, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shawn Trowbridge, also of Corunna, was arrested and charged with second-degree… Read more »

Charity concert gives New Year’s boost to the Inn

Tara Jeffrey Some $6,000 was raised for Sarnia’s Inn of the Good Shepherd thanks to a New Year’s Eve concert streamed online by local musician Andrew Borody. The live performance and fundraiser was the brainchild of Rodney Medwid and Kendra Petley, who launched a Facebook group earlier this year to help local businesses survive the… Read more »

COVID-19 infection rate surging locally as New Year begins

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton is experiencing the surge in COVID-19 cases that health experts had feared would occur from people socializing over the holidays. Lambton Public Health reported this morning 120 new cases in the past two days and 249 active cases, both new records. Nineteen outbreaks are currently underway, another record. Two new long-term care… Read more »

Happy New Year’s

From all of us at The Journal, cheerful thoughts and best wishes for the year to come. It has to be better than the last one, right?